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NESTOIL GMD, DR. ERNEST AZUDIALU ISSUES STRONG WARNING TO FAKE/DEFAMATORY NEWS PEDDLERS

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CEASE AND DESIST AND PRE-ACTION NOTIFICATION

Our attention has been drawn to fake and false news circulating on social media and some online news media, namely: Witnessngr, Newstrack, Idoma voice, Nigerian voice, Sayflexxyblocg, amcomrade, Globaltimesinternational, Naijaworld, Pejoweb, and newsdawnng, and others, alleging that Nestoil Limited and its Dr. Ernest Azudialu – Obiejesi, Group Managing Director (GMD) are the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for financial crimes and fraudulent activities.

Ordinarily, the Nestoil Group will not dignify such unscrupulous with a response given that the accusations are baseless, misconceived and malicious.

The Correct Facts

The correct factual position is that one of the bankers of Nestoil whose loan had been repaid by about 90%, had, despite a pending litigation with subsisting court orders of status quo, petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) on the same matter but in the process made misleading allegations, which EFCC had later discovered as incorrect and misleading. EFCC had further observed that there was indeed a pending litigation with subsisting orders of status quo made by the Federal High Court binding the parties (ie. Nestoil and the bank); the facility in question had evidently been restructured by the petitioner-Bank. EFCC consequently,directed the cleaning of the erroneous marking on the property at Ikoyi belonging to one of the affiliates of the Nestoil Group, thereby closing out the matter since June 2021, after openly warning the Bank for misleading the Commission with false allegations in relation to the loan facility. Again, EFCC had noted that the subject matter of the petition was a purely civil involving a bank and its customer in the ordinary course of business and had no iota of criminality.

It should be emphasised that at no time did the EFCC take over the said Ikoyi property neither was it pledged as collateral to the Bank. Again, Dr. Ernest Azudialu -Obiejesi, was neither the subject matter of the petition nor the concluded EFCC investigation. Similarly, Nestoil Tower located at Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, was neither charged to the Bank, marked by EFCC, nor formed part of the concluded investigation, as had been misrepresented in the mischievous stories.

Cease and Desist and Pre – Action Notice

Consequently, we demand that the following online media houses, namely: Witnessnger, Globaltimesinternational, Naijaworld, Pejoweb, and newsdawnng, who had been publishing various damaging, defamatory, injurious and disparaging stories, which appear to be sponsored by our detractors, and in the process resorted to criminal blackmail and extortion, to cease, desist and publish retractions with the same degree of publicity and intensity as their related stories.

Meanwhile, please note that your offensive and nauseating actions have both criminal and civil consequences under the law. Failure to desist, cease and publish widely circulated retractions and apologies in respect of your aforesaid offensive publications within seven (7) days from date of first publication of this notice May compel us to initiate a criminal process pursuant to section 24 (and other relevant sections) of Cybercrimes Act 2015 and any other relevant Nigerian penal Laws in that regard. For the avoidance of doubt, the punishmentfor this offence under section 24(b) of the Cybercrimes Act is a fine of N7,000,000.00 Seven Million Naira) or imprisonment for a term of 3 years, or both. This is without prejudice to our rights to seek substantial damages for defamation and injurious falsehood, which rights arereserved.

The publishers, reporters, transmitters of these offensive, incorrect and embarrassing stories, including : witnessngr, Newstrack, Idoma Voice, Nigerian Voice, Sayflexxyblocg, amcomrade, Globaltimesinternational, Naijaworld, Pejoweb, newsdawnng, and others, who appear to have been sponsored by some mischievous elements in the society, and their sponsors, are hereby warned to take notice and be guided accordingly, before it becomes too late, as we shall take firm and decisive legal steps, without any further recourse to them, if our above stated warnings and demands are not strictly adhered to.

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IBEDC SECURES CONVICTION AGAINST ELECTRICITY EQUIPMENT VANDALS

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Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc. (IBEDC) secured convictions of a term of three (3) months and two (2) years imprisonments on vandalism of its transformer and electric cables at the Grade A, Customary Court of Appeal, Ibadan and Magistrate Court, Moniya, Ibadan on 15th October 2021 and 22nd November 2021 respectively.

The criminals, Yusuff Olatunji and Ademola Toheeb were charged to Court at different times on count charges of vandalism and theft. The convictions underscore our current stance of zero tolerance to all illegal activities within our network.

Furthermore, the Management of IBEDC hereby reiterates its commitment to sanitize its network from nefarious activities such as vandalism, energy theft and staff assault. To this end, we appeal to individuals and communities to collaborate with us to stall this menace, by reporting any of these illegal activities, via our Whistleblowing channels clearly communicated on our website, social media pages, TV and radio programmes etc. In addition, customers can support us by monitoring electricity installations within their communities.

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Kunbi Wuraola, Rufai Oseni, Nneka Itabor, others for JCI Victoria Island’s Leadership Colloquium, Investiture

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Director, Policy & Partnerships, Africa – New Globe Education, Dr. Kunbi Wuraola will be giving the keynote address at this year’s leadership colloquium and investiture of Victoria Island’s Chapter of Junior Chamber International JCI. Wuraola who has also served as the first female national president of the organization will be speaking on the theme of the colloquium that has been tagged, “Leadership Now and Then: Leading Through The JCI Creed”

The colloquium is an annual leadership event that prepares the new executives of the organization for effective leadership delivery in the coming year and also sensitizes the general public on effective leadership and governance.

 Along with Wuraola, Nigerian media personality, Rufai Oseni, Chair, Senate Association of JCI Nigeria, Nneka Itabor, and the Group Chairman of Oxford Holdings, Dr. Teni Adesanya will be discussing the theme of the colloquium at the event.

President of the Local Organisation, Seye Joseph said that the topic of the program was intentionally chosen to address leadership lacuna in the country, saying that leadership plays active roles in national development.

“We understand the roles leadership play in every facet of human existence, what it means, why we must have it, and how to effectively use it for the positive course of human growth and development.

Leadership’s ubiquitous roles make it relevant in every point of our life, be it in the past, now and in the future.  The reason why this colloquium and investiture has been tagged, “Leadership Now Then: Leading Through JCI Creed”

Joseph who is an outgoing president of the organization stated that the investiture section of the event will have the new executive of the organization to be sworn in at the event to take leadership baton for effective leadership delivery next year.

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NDLEA Arrests Drug Smuggling Cartels from Hideouts, Confiscate Marijuana ‘Loud’ and other Illicit Drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA said it has confiscated 12,385 kilograms of marijuana Loud variant smuggled into Lagos from a neighboring country through the waterways. This was made known by the Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi, who disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, described the drug as a strong variant of marijuana. 

Babafemi said that; 12,385 pellets of the “Loud’’ marijuana were brought in through the Atlantic Ocean and ferried in boats to the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island. The weed would have been distributed from the beach to drugs hotspots such as Lagos Island, Peti Alagba and others across Lagos and other states, he added.

He stated also that over 50 narcotic officers stormed the beach on Saturday, Nov. 27 and recovered the consignments along with two trucks and arrested three suspects. Those arrested are Abdulkadri Zakari, 24, Ka’abu Sausu, 45 and Lawrence Adie, 27.

In another development, a 70-year-old woman, Beatrice Aigbedion was among the suspects arrested at Irrua, Edo in connection with the seizure of more than 5,000 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs.

“After days of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, Nov. 24 stormed a warehouse at Uhiere, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo, where they recovered 4,261.5kg of Indian hemp and arrested a suspect, Ikong Stanley.

“On Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1,240kg of Indian hemp was also seized at a warehouse in Uzebba, in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo. At the point of her arrest last Wednesday, Aigbedion was caught with different quantities of Codeine cough syrup, Swinol and Rohypnol. Another dealer, Joseph Onyemaechi, 50, was also nabbed at Ikpoba Okha, Upper Sakpoba, Benin City, on Friday with different types of psychotropic substances weighing 2.055kg,’’ Babafemi stated.

Similarly, Gabriel Akioya and Isa Salihu were arrested on Thursday, Nov. 25 at Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo with various quantities of Codeine, Tramadol, Swinol and Rohypnol.

Babafemi stated that; operatives raided Hampton Towers and Spa Hotel, Okpanam Road, Asaba, where Dobedient Etumudor and Thompson Chukwuemeka were arrested with different quantities of psychoactive substances.

He added that another drug dealer, Emeka Ben, was nabbed with 4.7 grams of Methamphetamine on Asaba-Ibusa Road in Delta.

“Other suspects arrested on Thursday, Nov. 25 in the state for dealing in Meth, Indian hemp, cocaine, and heroin were Ifeanyi Odibe, Uche Onwurah, and Justice Obika. In Kano, a drug dealer, Alhaji Bukar Malan Abdu, was arrested and 143 kilograms of Indian hemp recovered from him while 466kg of same drug was seized in the home of one Bashir Shuaibu, an indigene of Edo resident in Kano. On Thursday, Nov. 25, a drug dealer in Maiduguri, Chima Obi, was arrested in a follow-up operation. The follow-up operation took place after the seizure of his drug consignment of 73.2kg of codeine at an NDLEA checkpoint in Postiskum, Yobe, on the same day,’’ Babafemi stated.

He said that NDLEA Chairman retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, charged its officers and men to strive to record greater feats until the drug supply and drug demand reduction targets of the agency were fully achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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